Staying Healthy Before your Wedding
It’s very easy to forget about staying healthy before your wedding day as you dash about getting everything sorted, but the last you want is to get sick in the lead up to it. So if you want to keep the cold at bay or kick-start a new healthy lifestyle then I have some ideas to get you on the right track.
Drink More Water
If you are anything like me, I am always saying I need to drink more water but find it difficult to maintain. Why not keep a bottle with you when you are on the go to keep you hydrated. Ensuring you drink enough water is important for every aspect of your body.
Get your 5 a day
Planning a wedding can be very consuming and almost take over your life, if you let it! So feeding your body with plenty of good fuel will keep you happy, healthy and not only will you have more energy but you will also be more prepared to fight off infection. You can ensure you achieve the recommended 5 a day by simply having a glass of fruit juice or some berries on your cereal at breakfast, also keep snacks like carrot sticks, cucumber and celery to hand throughout the day. Add extra veg to your evening meals, this can either be incorporated in the main dish or on the side.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and having a healthy breakfast will get you energised for the day and should stop any unnecessary snacking mid-morning. As your sugar levels crash you risk reaching for the sweet stuff, keep those hunger pangs at bay by making sure you have a good breakfast.
Get into a Good Hand Washing Routine
We all know that regular hand washing helps to keep germs at bay, and this is particularly important if you have friends or colleagues around you who are sick!. When you wash your hands make sure you use soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Get that body moving
If you don’t already have a regular exercise routine then now is a great time to start one. Starting off simply by walking a few times a week can not only give your immune system a boost but if you walk with friends it’s the ideal opportunity for a catch-up! You will see an overall improvement in your health both mentally and physically. But remember to listen to your body and if you are not used to rigorous exercise, take it slow to start.
Be careful of your alcohol intake
With lots of pre-wedding celebrations taking place, your alcohol intake may soar. Not only is alcohol full of empty calories and sugar, it is also a drain on your immune system. Try to limit your intake and keep your immune system in top shape.
Green tea is packed with polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants and can protect your skin against ageing and help detox your body too.
I love Blueberries! These low-calorie berries are packed with antioxidants and are so easy to incorporate into your diet. Try adding them to your morning cereal or porridge or keep some handy for snacking on during the day.
Try swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes to give your body an added boost of beta-carotene. They also contain lots of magnesium which is essential for nerve function. You could swap your usual mashed potato for sweet potato mash or make some delicious sweet potato wedges.
Add a few hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds to your breakfast cereal for a boost of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Remember to eat them in moderation though as they can be high in calories too.
If you follow these hints for Staying Healthy Before your Wedding then you should feel much better and ready to enjoy your special day.
Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland